Lillian G. Lien

December 26, 1928February 15, 2021

Lillian G. Lien, beloved mother of Marilyn Taves & Allen Lien passed to her heavenly home on February 15, 2021 at 12:35 am. She was born December 26, 1928 in Duluth, Minnesota to Carl and Tena Bakken. She was the second oldest of eight girls and the last to pass away. Lillian grew up in Duluth, MN & Superior, WI. She gave her heart to Jesus as a young girl and lived her life for Him to the end. She attended Duluth Gospel Tabernacle with her mother and sisters. In 1946 she graduated from Central High in Duluth at age seventeen. In August 1946 Lillian and her sister caught a ride to Seattle with their aunt & uncle who were then pastoring the Jones Avenue church, which later became the Philadelphia Church in Ballard. Two months later she met Bob Lien at church. He had just been discharged from the U.S. Navy. They soon fell in love and were married a year later, October 3, 1947. They enjoyed 65 wonderful years together. Their daughter, Marilyn Joyce, was born April 21, 1950. On December 14, 1953 Allen Roy was welcomed into the family, making it complete. Bob & Lil were both active in various ministries at Philadelphia Church for 40+ years. Lillian spent many hours in the church kitchen preparing, serving, and coordinating meals & events, including an annual Thanksgiving dinner for Senior adults. Over the years she volunteered many hours in Sunday School & VBS. At age 35 Lillian took a 12 month LPN course at Edison Vocational School in Seattle. She graduated 2nd from the top in her class, but never worked as a nurse. The railroads were merging and she wanted to be ready to work in case Bob was laid off. He retained his job as railroad fireman, & later engineer. She was a quiet, reserved Norwegian woman but had a strong steadfast faith. Her family was what she cherished most. She preferred to be in the background & was a wonderful support & behind-the-scenes partner to Bob in his ministry to seniors and the sick. Her graciousness and kindness to everyone was wonderful. Bob was part of the Philadelphia Church board that started Westgate Chapel in 1959. They became members and attended Westgate Chapel since the 1990’s. Lillian was a devoted wife & mother who served the needs of her family with grace and love. She was a wonderful Grandma to Robbie, Sadie, and Shari and Great-Grandma to Nathan, Alex, Kylie, and Cody. She was blessed to spend her last years in Ed & Marilyn’s home. She was so grateful she didn’t have to be in a facility, especially during Covid isolation. She quietly and peacefully passed just after midnight February 15, 2021 at the age of 92. We miss her but are so thankful we know she is reunited with Bob, the love of her life, and safe in the arms of Jesus- her Savior she longed to see face to face.

Lillian is survived by her children Marilyn J. Taves (Ed) and Allen R. Lien (Debbie), her grandchildren Robbie Taves (Katy), Sadie Bund (Jeremy), and Shari Taves, and her great-grandchildren Nathan Bund, Alex Bund, Kylie Taves, and Cody Taves.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The Gideons International or Westgate Chapel Missions.

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    Thursday, February 25, 2021



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Beverly Wilson

February 26, 2021

Dear Marilyn, what a precious photo of your mother. She and your father kept in touch with me for many years, praying for me and my husband, Bill, after we moved to Idaho. They were wonderful, caring people. Your mother brought you, my first piano student, to our apartment in Ballard for lessons, you may remember better than I. She wanted you to use your talent for God's glory, and she made the effort to give you every opportunity, I loved her! Beverly Wilson

Barb Ranstrom

February 25, 2021

I met Lillian and Bob Lien when I was a child at Jones Avenue Philadelphia Church in Ballard. They were lifelong friends of my parents and I. So many memories to numerous to share! Lillian was always a classy, proper lady with a smile on her face! She loved Jesus and others. She gave time freely to Bob as he administered to the sick, elderly and Camp Berachah. I will always cherish her smile and memories.
May God bless her loved ones in a very special way.

Sandi Nereim

February 22, 2021

It is always hard to lose a parent. I am so thankful you have wonderful memories to reflect on. I am also thankful for Lillian to be with her Lord and Savior, with Bob and other loved ones, free of discomfort and pain. I have such great memories of the warmth and acceptance I received from your parents when I was in your home growing up. Our prayers are with your families. Love, Stewart and Sandi Nereim